CRYING BABY - REASONS.
Crying is a normal event in the lives of all babies.When a baby comes out
of the woomb the first thing to do is crying.By the first cry he will
take some air in to the lungs for the first time in their life.After
delivery if the baby doesnot cry then it should be initiated by slightly
pinching or gently strocking the feet.From this it is clear that the
healthy baby should cry and it is a normal physiological event ,still
some times it can upset the mother or family members.
We all know that a baby can't tell his needs or troubles in words. The
only way for him to communicate with others is by crying.Babies show
some other signs like feet kicking,hand waving and head turning ect.But
the best way to take the attention of others is by crying.
Excessive crying may not have a firm definition because the crying habit
changes from baby to baby and some babies can be calmed easily but some
are difficult to sooth.If crying is distressing for the mother and home
nurse it can be called excessive.Many a times baby become quiet by giving
breast milk or by carrying with a gentle rocking.Sudden onset of
excessive crying means baby is distressed and needs attention.The causes
of crying extends from simple reasons to life threatening
conditions.Hence crying of a baby should not be ignored.
Most of the time it is difficult to find the cause of the cry .Common
causes are discussed here for awareness.
Common reasons for crying:
A hungry baby will cry till he gets the milk. Here the old saying comes
true'crying baby gets the milk'.
Urination and defecation causes some discomfort and results in crying
till his parts are cleaned and made dry .
Majority of the kids need somebody near. If they feel lonely they
cry.When their favourite doll slips away from the grip they cry for help.
When the baby is tired after a journey and unable to sleep just cry
simply.They feel tired in uncomfortable sourroundings and due to
5,Heat & cold:--
If they feel too hot or too cold they become restless and cry. Child is
comfortable in a room with good ventilation.
Tight cloaths especially during warm climate is intolerable for
kids.Tight elastic of the the dress can also produce soreness in the hip
When the baby wakes up from sleep he needs some dim light.If there is
darkness he will disturb the sleep of parents by crying.Ofcourse he will
be irritated by strong light resulting in cry.
Yes,these creatures disturb the sleep by their blood sucking and make the
baby to cry.
Child may not be able to sleep when there is a cold and go on crying till
the passage is open.
10, Phlegm in throat:--
This also causes difficult breathing resulting in cry.Often a typical
sound can be heard with each breath.
Generalised body ache with restlessness is seen in flu and prodromal
stages of some infectious diseases can result in continuous cry.
12,Habitual cry:---Some babies cry without any real cause ending the
parents in agony.Many a times doctor is called for help.
13,Nappy rash:-- If a tight and wet nappy is kept for a long time results
in this conditon.
Rash can also be due to some allergic reaction to the elastic material
of the nappy. When the rash appears it causes soreness and baby become
sleepless and cry. All other skin lesions like eczema,ecthyma
,candidiasis ect also causes same problems.
Ear infection is common in wet climate.The infection may spread from the
throat.Ear infection can result in rupture of ear drum causing discharge
of pus.Eareache usually becomes worse at night when lying down.Child will
become restless with cry and may not allow you to touch the ear.Some
children with earache rub the affected ear frequently.
When the baby cry continuously most of us diagnose it as colic.This
roblem is still a topic for debate because exact cause for colic is not
known and diagnosis is also difficult to confirm.Colic may be associated
with rumbling and distention of abdomen.Child often feels better when
lying on abdomen.Some children may not allow you to touch the abdomen.If
the child cries continuously doctors help is needed.
All infections causes some kind of pain or irritation resulting in
cry.Infection may be anywhere in the body.Usually it is associated with
fever, redness and swelling.
17,Reactions to certain food:--
It is said that one man's food is another man's poison. Some food
articles can produce some allergic reactions.Allergy is manifested in
the form of redness, breathlessness,gastric symptons and continuous cry.
Constipated babies with hard stools may cry when they get the urge for
stool.Some children hesitate to pass stool because of pain .
19,Gastro esophagial reflex:--
Here baby cries with spilling of food after feeding.If this continues it
may be due to gastroesophageal reflex.This is due to failure of the lower
part of esophagus to close after food causing regurgitation from the
stomach.It is difficult to diagnose this condition and can be confirmed
by giving antireflex medicines.
During dentition child becomes restless with crying.Often associated with
gastric troubles and diarrhoea.
Some rare reasons
Bowel obstruction is associated with severe pain and vomiting.Abdomen is
distended with rumbling sound.Baby is constipated with absence of flatus.
Invasion of pathogenic micro organisms in to the blood is called
septicemia.Fever is associated with this condition.
3,Torsion of testes in male kids:--
When a male baby cries continuously his scrotum should be
examined.Torsion of the testes produce severe pain which will be worse by
touching the affected testes.When the testes is pressed upwards pain is
releived.If this is not treated properly it can damage the affected
testes due to lack of blood supply.
Initially there may not be fever,hence crying baby with alternate vacant
stare and irritability should not be ignored.Fontanel is bulging. Neck
rigidity and seizures may appear later.
5,Retention of urine:--
Children with retention of urine will have agonising pain making them
Major injury to any parts of the body causes pain.Occasionally children
will fall while arrying and results in head injury.Head injury is
associated with reflex vomiting and convulsions.